It’s easy to understand why so many golfers have a complicated relationship dynamic with the game they claim to love. Demanding precision and attention to detail, golf is a sport that is challenging both mentally and physically. Countless hours, annual spends in the hundreds (or perhaps thousands) of dollars, and endless monologues about where the round went wrong. Everyone is looking for their path to better golf. While equipment won’t solve all your woes, it does make a difference. In order to maximize your game, serious consideration and trial should be given to numerous factors – including the right golf ball for your game. While swing speed, technique, and skill all play a part, the golf ball can also help you achieve maximum distance, spin, accuracy, and control. Regardless of skill level, making good decisions for your game will put you ahead of the competition – and reduce your frustration level on the course. When it comes to the golf ball, here are the critical considerations.

Ball Construction

Golf balls are constructed using various materials and designs. The common design types are two-piece, three-piece, and multi-layered golf balls. Two-piece balls feature a large solid core surrounded by a durable cover, offering maximum distance and durability. Three-piece balls incorporate a softer mantle layer, enhancing control and feel. Our four-piece VS4 tour ball features a patented VU-X urethane cover for greater durability and increased spin control. Multi-layered balls consist of four or more layers, offering a balance between distance, control, and greater spin. Consider your game, personal preferences, and budget when making your decision.

Skill Level 

Golf balls are designed for different player profiles, ranging from beginners to low-handicap golfers. For beginners, or infrequent golfers, a two-piece golf ball with solid core construction is often the best choice. These balls offer maximum distance and durability, making them ideal for players still developing their swing.  More advanced players will probably prefer multi-layered balls that provide greater control, spin, and feel from 100 yards in.

Swing Speed

Your swing speed plays a major role in determining which type of golf ball you should choose. For players with slower swing speeds (less than 90 MPH), a lower compression ball like the XT Soft or Volvik Vimax Soft may be better suited for you. And if you like to combine more fun and performance, check out our three-piece Vivid and Crystal options. If you have a faster swing speed (of 95 MPH and above), a higher compression option, like the Tour VS4 will provide greater control and distance, helping to maximize the benefits to your game.

Ball Spin

Understanding ball spin is vital for controlling shots, thus lowering your scores. Low spin balls reduce side spin and tend to travel straighter, making them ideal for players with a greater tendency to slice or hit it off-line frequently. High spin balls provide greater control and stopping power on the green, enabling players to shape shots and generate backspin. Assess your shot preferences and consider your ability to control spin when making your best golf ball choice.


Whether your priority is premium (tour level balls at premium prices), premium value (premium technology – urethane cover and mantle layer – with a lower price point), soft spin value (moderate swing speed, golfers prioritizing control), or distance value (firmer feel for those seeking distance) your budget is worth considering before you head to the pro shop or begin your online search.

Don’t Forget about Fun 

Bob Hope once said, “If you watch a game it’s fun. If you play it, it’s recreation. If you work at it, it’s golf.” While that may ring true for many golfers, ultimately the game should result in real personal enjoyment. Our Marvel x Volvik, Crystal, and Vivid balls all combine performance and fun, so you don’t have to sacrifice either. We also offer custom, personalized balls for events, fundraisers, and business promotions. Click the link here to learn more.

Experimentation and Feedback

Be ready to experiment, which is great if you’re looking for a reason to spend more time on the golf course. Purchase a few different balls that align with your initial assessment and head out for a test round. Evaluate the distance, accuracy, spin control, and overall feel of each ball. You can also ask fellow golfers, your local golf professional, or golf store expert what they might recommend, in order to add valuable insights to your testing. During the testing phase, the following six questions can be extremely helpful:

  1. How can I maximize my driver distance?
  2. Which ball feels the best when coming off the club?
  3. Does it give me the spin I want when hitting my short irons?
  4. Does my choice offer the control I need through the my entire set?
  5. Because I am out here to have fun, what is my favorite color (for today)?
  6. In every decision, cost is part of the equation. Over the course of my playing season what ball will give me the greatest overall value?

Be Willing to Change Your Mind

You will grow, evolve, and change as a golfer – and so will your game. Don’t get so attached to your equipment and ball choice that you get stuck in a rut. While selecting the right golf ball type is a crucial step in optimizing your performance on the course, changing it up every so often can keep you sharp. Remember to experiment, seek feedback, have fun, and adapt your choice based on your evolving skills. With the right golf ball in hand, you’ll be ready to tackle the fairways and greens with precision and confidence.